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Texas Shrimpers Blame U.S. Government for Industry's Decline
May 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Valley Morning Star, Harlingen, Texas

For people like Robert L. Perkins III, the U.S. government is to blame for the demise of the shrimping industry. "The same thing that happened to our textile industry is happening (to shrimping)," in the Brownsville/Port Isabel area, he said. "I wonder who is next."

Harvest from the Ashes
May 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Marcelene Edwards, The News Tribune

Twenty-five years ago, the Weyerhaeuser Co. wanted to keep cutting trees on the flanks of rumbling, spitting Mount St. Helens. But to play it safe, the company moved loggers 15 miles from the mountain -- and thought that would be far enough.

EarthNews Radio: Hemp Industry Association
May 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

Businesses with hemp-based products face a number of challenges from legislatures. One organization is working to make consumers aware of the benefits of hemp.

Nesting Treasury Duck Becomes Tourist Attraction; Then It's Make Way for Ducklings
May 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press

The duck stops here. After four weeks as Washington's newest tourist attraction, a mother mallard duck and her -- count 'em -- 11 ducklings were transported in a motorcade Sunday to a new and far more suitable setting in Rock Creek Park.

Mercury-Laden Clouds Threaten Utah
May 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Mercury-laden clouds from gold mine smokestacks near Elko, Nev., are floating east and could pose a health threat and damage the ecology of the Great Salt Lake. The mines account for as much as 11 percent of total Mercury emissions in the United States.

California Judge Rejects Challenge to Diesel Emission Rules
May 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Don Thompson, Associated Press

Truck drivers face tougher pollution regulations starting Saturday after diesel engine manufacturers lost a court battle to postpone the deadline.

Government Researchers Locate Concentration of Lost Fishing Nets
May 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

Researchers using satellites and aircraft have located a concentration of lost or abandoned fishing nets that drift through the oceans posing a danger to fish and other wildlife.

America's Other Trade Deficit -- An ENN Commentary
May 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Robert Ovetz, PhD, Sea Turtle Restoration Project

The massive die off of nearly one half of the US’s honey bees over the past six months indicates an underlying new, as yet unidentified, indicator of national economic well being and public health.

Human Waste, an Unsavory Import, Raises Concerns Among Some Farmers in Southern California
May 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Juliana Barbassa, Associated Press

A strong wind raises clouds of powdery gray dust, obscuring the road and sky around Larry Pearson's truck as he drives past piles of dried human waste. The mounds are part of an import stream some would rather not have in Kern County, one of the nation's most productive farming regions.

China to Create Powerful New Energy Agency Headed by Top Economic Planner
May 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

China, struggling to cope with surging demand for power and soaring oil imports, has created a powerful new agency to oversee its energy sector, the government said Friday.

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